Art in bloom at north Norfolk country estate Stody Lodge Gardens
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Three north Norfolk youngsters had a chance to have their artwork professionally framed and put on show to the public, as a part of an annual competition run by Stody Lodge Gardens, near Holt.
The winning pictures, by nine-year-old Astley Primary School pupil Toby Monk, Gresham's Prep School pupil Sky McIntyre, and 10-year-old Felix Lazell, who goes to Beeston Hall school, were chosen from more than 70 entries from five local primary schools by London-based animal artist Millie McCallum.
Now in its third year, the competition challenged youngsters to depict farmyard animals in 3D form.
Kate MacNicol, of Stody estate, said Ms McCallum, who gave special mentions to Holt Primary School pupil Holly Mitchell, Astley Primary pupil Stanley Peart and Louis Horsman-Carpenter, Hettie Holden and Jemima Morgan-Evans from Gresham's Prep, had been very impressed with the youngsters' efforts.
She added: 'It is great to see so many children get involved and it is wonderful for them to have the fun of seeing their work exhibited.'
The 14-acre rhododendron and azalea gardens, which earlier this month raised nearly £2,000 for Holt Youth Project and North Norfolk Radio Kids Trust by hosting a Kids for Kids family fun day, will be open to the public on Sundays throughout May.
They will take on an art theme again next week, when work by award-winning sculptor Tom Hiscocks goes on show in the grounds.
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Eight contemporary figurative pieces will be installed by the artist, who works in metal, acrylic and glass using an innovative layering technique to reflect his fascination with the layers of life and experience.
Mr Hiscocks is best known for his series The Queen's Beasts, a range of life-size animals made from recycled materials which have been exhibited at Blenheim Palace, the Royal Welsh Show and King's College, Cambridge.
Work by Tom Hiscocks will be on show at Stody Lodge Gardens from May 21-29. The gardens are open on Sundays from 10am-5pm throughout May and on bank holiday Monday, May 29. Entrance fees are £6 adults, under 12s free. Dogs welcome, homemade teas will be on sale in aid of local charities. For more information, phone 01263 863994.